CAP: Animal Health: Education and Outreach, Training and Skills Development

Purpose of Project Category:

Projects will focus on supporting activities within three key areas: Emergency Management, Animal Health and Animal Welfare.  

Target Audience – Who should apply?

Producer-level groups and associations, and collaborations of partners through the value chain, including, for example, commingling yards and feed mills active in advancing animal health and supporting risk reduction efforts

Eligible Projects

  • Outreach strategies including for example, the development of education and training materials 
  • Skills development and training
  • Needs assessments
  • Planning
  • Knowledge acquisition and knowledge sharing
  • Workshops

Examples of projects

Emergency Management

  • Projects that encourage the adoption of emergency management systems based on the Incident Command System approach used by the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada
  • Projects that improve the ability and capacity of a specific commodity sector to prepare for, prevent, detect and respond effectively to infectious animal disease that can impact the broader sector or society at large
  • e.g. development of commodity-specific emergency management training modules for procedures/protocols tailored to the unique needs/risks of the sector

Animal Health

  • Improving and supporting general awareness, and knowledge of animal health, or related public health, hazards, pathogen management and biosecurity risks
  • AMU education and awareness opportunities, including training and awareness on behavior change associated with antimicrobial stewardship
  • Enhancing or supporting the implementation of national biosecurity standards or national codes of practice through education and awareness
  • Training activities related to pathogen and disease identification and health status
  • Assessment of biosecurity risks and development of plans to mitigate those risks
  • Apiary education materials development supporting expansion of beekeeping in Northern Ontario (Northern Ontario for the purposes of this program is consistent with the definition in the Northern Ontario Agri-Food Strategy -(
  • Training program for feed mills to understand electronic prescriptions and to address requirements for proper handling of medicated feeds, in accordance with new regulations

Animal Welfare

  • Developing/conducting a needs assessment or strategy for the creation of education and training materials for sector outreach
  • Education and awareness projects aimed at improving or supporting general awareness, knowledge and implementation of, national Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farmed Animals (Codes of Practice) and welfare best practices, such as:
    • new/updated Codes of Practice for the veal and mink sectors
    • new transport regulations
    • modular loading for poultry with potential handling procedure changes
    • improving animal welfare best practices at commingling facilities, such as sales barns and assembly yards
  • Activities related to training or assessment on national Codes of Practice and/or welfare best practices

Project Category Priorities

Projects that address/support:

  • responsible antimicrobial usage (AMU)
  • biosecurity best management practices
  • early life health (morbidity and mortality)
  • national Codes of Practice requirement and/or upcoming market requirements that need sector outreach to encourage uptake (welfare)
  • areas of high risk (e.g. commingling facilities such as assembly yards and sales barns)
  • the following species: sheep, goat, veal, and alternative livestock farmed cervids, fox, rabbit and mink
  • a gap/need in the sector, where training program/materials do not currently exist (e.g. a project to advance animal welfare programs in commodities not being addressed through existing national programs or funding processes)

Projects that provide:

  • impact and benefit beyond their specific commodity/sector
  • co-benefits with other Protection and Assurance Partnership Priority Areas – Food Safety and Plant Health
  • co-benefits with other Partnership Priority Areas – Economic Development and Environmental Stewardship
  • value to Ontario businesses

Projects that have:

  • a clear rationale/impact of the project and
  • a demonstrated knowledge translation and transfer plan

Funding Available

  • Up to 50 per cent cost-share funding of total eligible costs
  • Requests for funding above 50 per cent must clearly demonstrate how project addresses the Innovation Rating Criteria and Project Category Priority in order to be considered for up to 75 per cent funding of total eligible costs

Project Length

  • Projects approved from December 2018 onwards, to finish by December 1, 2020
  • Where strong rationale is provided, to support critical components of projects approved from December 2018 onwards, project end dates may be extended to December 1, 2021 and final claims, final reports and project results surveys must be submitted to AAC no later than January 3, 2022

Eligible Costs

  • Costs directly related to the activities noted below that are also consistent with Section F

Eligible Activities

  • Activities that are consistent with the eligible projects and examples listed in the Project Category Priorities Activities and that are consistent with Section H

Ineligible Costs

  • See a list of general ineligible costs in Section G
  • Costs for services provided to companies not located in Canada/where majority of benefit of services is provided to a business located outside of Ontario
  • Costs for capital and equipment 

Ineligible Activities

  • See a list of general ineligible activities in Section H